[Advaita-l] Shikha and Kundala
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Tue Mar 23 04:35:47 CDT 2010
On Thu, 4 Mar 2010, sriram nagaraj wrote:
> Dear List Members,
> I am planning on keeping the traditional tuft (Shikha) this August when
> I visit India again.
> I would like to know if earrings (Kundala) can be
> worn by Brahmacharis or if it is reserved for Grihastas.
As per the pAraskara GrhyasUtra, chuDakaraNa saMskAra (piercing of the
ears) should take place at 2 or 3 years or "yathA ma~ngalaM" which is
interpreted as "according to the local/family tradition" which in our case
means at the time of upanayana. Hopefully other list members will speak up
if southern customs are different from this.
I have kept Shikha since I had upanayana but because I did not know any
better and my father was rather irreligious in those days I never had the
chuDakarana. I intend to rectify this when my own son has upanayana in a
couple of years.
> As I know,
> Kacchham (5 yards dhoti) is to be worn by Grihastas and simple dhoti by
This is another local custom. We Gujaratis don't really make a
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